Free All Weekend Community Festival Comes To Buzzard Point Today


MRP activates new development site for community prior to future development

MRP Realty (MRP), developers of commercial, residential, mixed-use, and industrial real estate across the Mid-Atlantic region, announced today a community event space called Sandlot Southwest, located at the future site of MRP’s mixed-use development. Sandlot will celebrate its soft opening tomorrow through St. Patrick’s Day offering regular food & beverage experiences mixed with music, arts & culture.

WHAT: Sandlot Southwest Grand Opening - free and all ages

WHERE: 1800 Half Street SW

WHEN: Thursday, March 14 - Sunday, March 17

The free, all-ages weekend kickoff features four days of events:

  • Thursday, March 14, 5pm-10pm (Pi Day) - Local chefs will prepare both sweet and savory style pies and offer $3.14 mocktails. (All Ages)
  • Friday, March 15, 4pm-12am - Rock Creek Social Club takes over the space with local DJs. (21+ After 7p)
  • Saturday, March 16, 4pm-12am - A tailgate party ensues for the return of DC United to Audi Field for their first Saturday Night home game, featuring a shipping container bar, live music and BBQ offerings. (21+ After 7p)
  • Sunday, March 17, 3pm-8pm - A special St. Patrick’s Day event featuring green cocktails, green graffiti & St. Patties Day Melts. (21+ After 5pm)

Sandlot Southwest is a 4,000-square-foot open-air cultural and social experiential space built from scratch in partnership with Absolut, Lyft & Sunbelt Rentals, located directly across the street from Audi Field. The inspiration of the project originated last year when Ian Callender, Owner of Suite Nation, and childhood friend and business ally Kevin Hallums of Rock Creek Social Club, both of whom are D.C. natives, wanted to commemorate the 25thanniversary of one of their favorite movies, “The Sandlot.” Stay updated on Sandlot events at

About Ian Callender

Ian Callender, born in Washington, DC, graduated from DeMatha High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from Drexel University, with a minor in Business Administration. Ian lives and works in Southwest DC and owns a CBE certified event design firm entitled Suite Nation and co-founded the Blind Whino SW Arts Club in 2013, which has gained notoriety throughout the District of Columbia because of its contributions to the arts and its successful programming for the public. Ian has 6 years of experience managing a successful nonprofit corporation dedicated to educating the public on contemporary and urban art, in addition to reclaiming vacant and dilapidated spaces and beautifying them in the process both long term and interim, like what’s occurring at Sandlot Southwest.

About MRP Realty

Founded in 2005, MRP Realty is a real estate operating company focused on opportunistic and value-add investment in the northeastern United States, with offices in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York City. MRP provides to its institutional capital partners a full array of real estate services including: acquisition/disposition, development/construction management, property management, asset management and financial reporting services. Since the company’s inception, MRP has deployed $4.6 billion in total capitalization, an average of over $300 million per year. MRP’s combined development assets total more than 20 million square feet, with an additional 9+ million square feet under management. For more information, please visit

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